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Russian star Pavlyuchenkova has COVID-19

French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has tested positive for COVID-19, casting doubt on her involvement in the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old Russian confirmed she has coronavirus and is isolating after arriving in Australia on Tuesday.

“I was fully vaccinated and was preparing for the start of the season in Dubai,” Pavlyuchenkova tweeted on Thursday.

“But we live in a very difficult and unpredictable time.

“Right now I am in complete isolation, in a special hotel and following all the protocols under the supervision of doctors.

“Now it’s important to take care of yourself and the health of others.

“I”ll be back on court when it’s safe for everyone.”

One of the biggest hitters in the women’s game, Pavlyuchenkova is coming off a career-defining 2021 season.

After making her first grand slam final in June – a loss to Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros – Pavlyuchenkova is now ranked a career-high 11th in the world.

Pavlyuchenkova’s best result at Melbourne Park is reaching the quarter-finals in 2017, 2019 and 2020 and is still searching for her maiden grand slam title.

She is not the only player to catch COVID-19 recently, with Rafael Nadal contracting the virus last week, but the Spanish legend is expected to still play in the Australian Open.

The opening event of the women’s season is the WTA 500 in Adelaide, starting on Sunday, with the Australian Open to get underway on January 17.

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